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Upgrade Your Sound System

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Design and technology have had their fair share of battles over the last few years; replacing classics with messy wires, and complicated set-ups. Recently, however, a few companies have gotten competitive about creating a system that works, with a refined design. And if you've been thinking about upgrading your dated sound system, now is great time to do it.

Sonos, which Martha nominated for Best Product for the Home in 2012 at the Mashable Awards, and which won the category, has introduced wireless, Wi-Fi connected speakers controlled by your phone. With a 2002 goal to reinvent home audio, reviews and awards have proven that this company can make listening to music not only an experience, but an experience of excellent quality.

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Sonos' SUB Wireless Subwoofer, a thirty-six-pound doughnut, brings new dimension to sound minus the vibrations, enabling you to bump-up what tunes you're in the mood for. Or, try the smaller sexier design of the Play: 3 which can easily be tucked out of sight.

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While I am not an audiophile, I definitely believe that sounds contribute to the experience of a space, especially if the system has a modern design and easy for the owner to use.

Throw an Outdoor Movie Party!

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Now that you've properly settled into summer and created an outdoor living space for your home, it's time to make good use of it.

One of my favorite entertaining ideas for summer is to host an outdoor film screening. It's an idea that is super easy to pull off. The first step is to get a portable projector. There are a lot on the market to choose from. I like this portable white model by Optoma.

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For the screen, a simple, inexpensive white sheet will do.  Then, pop some popcorn, pull out some chairs and blankets, and you've got a fun and memorable summer party.

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This resort in the Maldives really knows the best spot for an alfresco film screening: poolside. (via travellerinspire.com)

1 This resort in the Maldives really knows the best spot for an alfresco film screening: poolside. (via travellerinspire.com)

Arranging hay bales is just one of many ways to create an outdoor theater. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

2 Arranging hay bales is just one of many ways to create an outdoor theater. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

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3 A scene from "Cinema Paradiso".

A popcorn machine will provide enough snacks for a large group and it will give your movie party an authentic movie theater feel. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

4 A popcorn machine will provide enough snacks for a large group and it will give your movie party an authentic movie theater feel. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

A fun way to distribute popcorn. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

5 A fun way to distribute popcorn. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2005)

If an unexpected summer shower disrupts your screening, simply move the party inside. (Martha Stewart Living, November 2009)

6 If an unexpected summer shower disrupts your screening, simply move the party inside. (Martha Stewart Living, November 2009)

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7 The End.

Inspiration: The Fan

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Staying cool in summer is harder than is seems.

Even the air conditioning is just not enough sometimes. Whether you're looking for some fresh air at home or a breeze at work, fans are a summer must-have.

You don't have to sacrifice style by picking up whatever is available at the local store. Invest in a high-quality fan and you'll get both durability and style.

Here are some styles I've found that would be a great addition to any sweltering space (and will look good even after the temperatures come back down).

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This fan will add some modern design to your home.  The wooden barrel and black interior make it far superior to boring white plastic models. 
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1 This fan will add some modern design to your home. The wooden barrel and black interior make it far superior to boring white plastic models. (macys.com)

The original portable fan. Carry it in your bag during the summer, and you'll be prepared for any unexpected air-conditioning malfunctions.
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2 The original portable fan. Carry it in your bag during the summer, and you'll be prepared for any unexpected air-conditioning malfunctions. (urbanoutfitters.com)

This fan would look right at home both in a factory and your home. 
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3 This fan would look right at home both in a factory and your home. (homedepot.com)

A good change of pace from normal, long-blade ceiling fans. 
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4 A good change of pace from normal, long-blade ceiling fans. (horchow.com)

With its cool retro-industrial style, this fan won the the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum. 
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5 With its cool retro-industrial style, this fan won the the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum. (restorationhardware.com)

This classic desk fan is old-world in all the right ways. It's brushed nickel frame and vintage design makes it both beautiful and practical. 
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6 This classic desk fan is old-world in all the right ways. It's brushed nickel frame and vintage design makes it both beautiful and practical. (restorationhardware.com)

I like the pill-capsule shape of this fan. It's modern and simple in design.
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7 I like the pill-capsule shape of this fan. It's modern and simple in design. (dwr.com)

This Caframo fan was a Martha by Mail favorite.  So many of us in the company own one or more of them.  It's grill-less and has soft plastic blades to circulate more air without the grill barrier. 
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8 This Caframo fan was a Martha by Mail favorite. So many of us in the company own one or more of them. It's grill-less and has soft plastic blades to circulate more air without the grill barrier. (caframo.com)

This looks like the kind of fan that could have been in an auto repair shop in the 40s. I love the bright color and retro design. (macys.com)

9 This looks like the kind of fan that could have been in an auto repair shop in the 40s. I love the bright color and retro design. (macys.com)

This pedestal fan is beautiful and reminds me of an old camera tripod. 
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10 This pedestal fan is beautiful and reminds me of an old camera tripod. (modernlightinguniverse.com)

This innovative Dyson model has been very popular ever since it came out. It's powerful and completely blade-less, making it a safe fan for homes with with small children and pets. 
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11 This innovative Dyson model has been very popular ever since it came out. It's powerful and completely blade-less, making it a safe fan for homes with with small children and pets. (homedepot.com)

The galvinized steel finish on this ceiling fan will add a modern, industrial touch to your space. 
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12 The galvinized steel finish on this ceiling fan will add a modern, industrial touch to your space. (restorationhardware.com)

The blades on this fan are rubber, so you don't need to worry about the grill-less design.  It reminds me of a jet engine.
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13 The blades on this fan are rubber, so you don't need to worry about the grill-less design. It reminds me of a jet engine. (dwr.com)

This Japanese hand-fan is so chic, and perfect to take to the beach.
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14 This Japanese hand-fan is so chic, and perfect to take to the beach. (muji.us)

I love the combination of wood with nickel on this ceiling fan. 
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15 I love the combination of wood with nickel on this ceiling fan. (homedepot.com)

I personally love adjustable fans. They let you direct the breeze exactly where you want it.  
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16 I personally love adjustable fans. They let you direct the breeze exactly where you want it. (restorationhardware.com)

Looking for something a little bit different from the regular three-blade ceiling fan? This model comes in a unique design that looks great.  
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17 Looking for something a little bit different from the regular three-blade ceiling fan? This model comes in a unique design that looks great. (matthewsfanco.com)

The opaque lighting feature on this fan will give off a cozy illumination.
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18 The opaque lighting feature on this fan will give off a cozy illumination. (homedepot.com)

This powerful model moves air up to 40 feet. And it's clean white color will make it discreet addition to any room. 
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19 This powerful model moves air up to 40 feet. And it's clean white color will make it discreet addition to any room. (vornado.com)

The fan also comes in a smaller model, which makes a perfect desk fan. It also comes in some great, bright colors. 
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20 The fan also comes in a smaller model, which makes a perfect desk fan. It also comes in some great, bright colors. (vornado.com)

Darker black fans add an edge of sophistication. 
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21 Darker black fans add an edge of sophistication. (cinni.com)